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Spurning Beijing, Obama Will Meet Dalai Lama

President ignores Chinese warning against sit-down with Tibetan leader

(Newser) - Despite China's warning that a meeting with the Dalai Lama would "threaten trust and cooperation" with the US, President Obama still plans to sit down with the Tibetan spiritual leader when he visits Washington this month. "The president told China's leaders during his trip last year that he... More »

Obama Leaves Hawaii, Heads Back to Work

But Detroit bomber, busy agenda made sure he never left

(Newser) - President Obama ended his Hawaiian vacation last night to return today to the Washington he never really escaped. Obama and his family boarded Air Force One for an overnight flight, capping off an 11-day trip that would be remembered more for an al-Qaeda affiliate's botched attempt to bring down a... More »

Sasha, Malia Dish on White House Christmas

Obamas tell kid patients of 26 trees; 'presents not under each one'

(Newser) - The first family—minus the president, but plus the first dog—talked about their first White House Christmas yesterday, but Michelle Obama wouldn’t spill any secrets on what’s waiting for Barack under the tree. Malia told patients at the Children’s National Medical Center about the 26 trees... More »

Obama to Honor Veterans During Alaska Visit

First visit to chilly 49th state a refueling stop en route to Asia

(Newser) - President Obama will visit Alaska next week for the first time, stopping at Elmendorf Air Force Base to observe Veterans Day with base personnel while Air Force One refuels. Like most recent presidents, Obama will visit Alaska en route to Asia, the Anchorage Daily News reports. The president would like... More »

Obama Lashed McChrystal in Tense Faceoff

Prez reads commander riot act over his 'Chaos-istan' dig

(Newser) - President Obama's talk last week aboard Air Force One with Afghanistan commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal wasn't merely a meeting, as was widely reported in the press, but a dressing down over the general's "shocking" recent comments calling for more troops, says the Telegraph. McChrystal was called on the carpet... More »

Pentagon Releases More 'Scare Force One' Photos

(Newser) - The Pentagon has released 145 new photos of the Air Force One flyover that rattled New Yorkers in April, CNN reports. The flight was for a White House photo shoot, but city officials and the public were not informed. The photos show the Boeing plane, the military version of the... More »

Sakozy to Take Off in $80M Carla One

(Newser) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy has named his new $80 million official jet Carla One in honor of his third wife, reports the Telegraph.  "She's a beautiful plane and, of course, officially named after the president's wife," said a source. Carla One has been hand-painted along the side... More »

NYC Gives Jumpy Citizens Heads-Up on Emergency Drill

'Lots of sirens' Sunday in Lower Manhattan

(Newser) - Mindful of the panic caused by the Air Force One flyover, New York is giving its residents fair warning of a massive emergency drill scheduled for Sunday, Reuters reports. The heads-up is “not necessarily” because of the scare, a spokesman said. But “people will see and hear lots... More »

Obama's Brainwashing You With This Photo

(Newser) - The release of an “Air Farce One” image is a calculated move by a White House that hopes to brainwash citizens with “the Messianic omnipotence of the Obama presidency,” Victor J. Massad writes on American Thinker. With the Statue of Liberty confined to the lower background, “... More »

FAA Cans Navy Flight in Jittery NYC's Airspace

(Newser) - The Federal Aviation Administration scrapped a Navy flight today that would have brought an anti-sub patrol plane into New York’s airspace, Bloomberg reports. The announcement came 30 minutes after a city email said the aircraft would be flying up and down the Hudson River. “I don’t know... More »

White House Aide Quits in Flyover; Gates Sorry

(Newser) - Robert Gates has apologized for the Air Force One photo op debacle over New York last week, the Los Angeles Times reports. “We deeply regret the anxiety and alarm that resulted from this mission,” the defense secretary wrote in a letter posted on the website of John McCain,... More »

White House Changes Tune on Flyover Photo Release

Photos, official report on 'Scare Force One' low flight over NY may be released soon

(Newser) - The White House has switched gears and decided to release a report on, and photos from, the Air Force One low-altitude flyby that spooked New Yorkers, CNN reports. A spokesman said that, contrary to earlier reports, images would be probably be released later this week—along with the findings of... More »

White House Won't Share Flyover Photos

(Newser) - The White House won’t release pictures from Air Force One’s much-criticized Manhattan flyover, reports the New York Post. “The photos are classified—that’s ridiculous,” said one city council member. But a White House aide says the fruits of the $328,835 photo-op aren’t classified,... More »

Flyover 'Red Flags' Get News Orgs Poking Around

(Newser) - At least one news organization may file a Freedom of Information Act request, demanding the manifest for Monday’s Air Force One flight over New York, according to the American Spectator’s anonymous “Prowler”—who relays suspicions that civilians or a high-level administration official was on board. “... More »

Obama: NYC Flyover 'Was a Mistake'

Low flight that sparked alarm 'will not happen again,' says prez

(Newser) - President Barack Obama says it was a mistake for one of his official airplanes to be sent zooming through the New York City skyline for a publicity photo shoot. "It was a mistake, as was stated," he said. "It will not happen again." Early yesterday, one... More »

White House Sorry for Fly-By

(Newser) - The White House has apologized for allowing a low-flying Boeing 747 to buzz New York City, a move that traumatized many residents by sparking memories of 9/11, CNN reports. "Last week, I approved a mission over New York. I take responsibility for that decision," said White House Military... More »

Bloomberg Blasts 'Photo Op' Flyover

Chain of communication broke down on DoD photo op

(Newser) - New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg is livid over a Department of Defense photo op that sent two planes buzzing over lower Manhattan today, ABC News reports. Bloomberg called the flyover “ill-conceived” and expressed ire over the DoD's failure to notify him. "Poor judgment would be a nice... More »

Pentagon 'Photo Op' Flyover Rattles NYC

Air Force One backup planes flies low around Statue of Liberty

(Newser) - A photo op by the Defense Department caused buildings in lower Manhattan and New Jersey to be evacuated this morning, the New York Times reports. A backup for Air Force One flew low over Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty accompanied by two fighter jets. The deployment was coordinated with... More »

New-Look 'Obama One' Has Dem Flying High

Hammered earlier for trying to look too presidential, candidate aims for balance

(Newser) - The jet bearing Barack Obama on his trip abroad is sporting a new look, the Los Angeles Times reports. The plane is emblazoned with Obama’s “Change You Can Believe In” slogan, and sports the candidate’s rising-sun logo on its tail. Obama is using the jet for campaign-financed... More »

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